Remembering our Fallen Heroes
Today is November 11th, a day of remembrance. A day we remember those who have fought for our freedom from perceived and actual enemies. As we remember them, we also remember Christ, who died for us, that we might be free from the power of sin. He gave up all that He had, who He was so we can be free to be who we are meant to be.
Freedom is at the heart of Jesus's mission and life. But what sort of freedom? It is the freedom from the chains of sin and evil, so that we might choose the Good. The Widow in Mark 12:41-44 is our heroine. She reveals to us the power of freedom. She is totally free from the slavery of solipsism. So, she is free to give everything, free for the others.
The Widow in 1Kings 17:10-16 was also free. She was free from the fear of death. And because she was free from this fear, she could hear clearly the Word spoken by the prophet Elijah. By hearing, she obeyed, and her obedience won her God's favour... "The jar of meal wasn't spent nor the jug of oil emptied". That is the effect of the freedom won us by Christ.
Fr. Francis Afu